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Fear of having no mobile phone rises (30th September, 2012)

A recent study in the U.K. shows that two-thirds of people cannot live without their mobile phone. They suffer from a new illness called nomophobia – the fear of not having your mobile phone. Nomophobia is short for "no-mobile-phone-phobia". The problem is getting worse. The first study in 2008 found that 53 per cent of cell phone users in Britain feared being phoneless. That figure has risen to 66 per cent this year and seems like it will continue to rise as we use our phones to do more things.

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The study said 41 per cent of people have two or more phones. Many said they needed an extra phone just in case one of them broke, suddenly ran out of batteries, or they lost one. Women are more worried about losing their phones than men. Young people are the most nomophobic, with 77 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds suffering from the illness. Those aged 55 and over are the third most nomophobic group. Brendon Tully, 23, said: "For me, life would be pretty much impossible without my phone."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

A recent

a.

their mobile phone

2

people cannot live without

b.

to 66 per cent

3.

the fear of not having your

c.

worse

4.

The problem is getting

d.

to do more things

5.

That figure has risen

e.

study in the U.K.

6.

we use our phones

f.

mobile phone

Paragraph 2

1.

have two or

a.

batteries

2

an extra phone just in case

b.

more phones

3.

ran out of

c.

much impossible

4.

Women are more

d.

and over

5.

Those aged 55

e.

one of them broke

6.

life would be pretty

f.

worried


LISTENING GAP FILL

A recent study in the U.K. shows (1) _________________ people cannot live without their mobile phone. They suffer from a new illness called nomophobia – (2) _________________ having your mobile phone. Nomophobia is short for "no-mobile-phone-phobia". The problem (3) _________________. The first study in 2008 found that 53 per cent (4) _________________ in Britain feared being phoneless. That figure (5) _________________ per cent this year and seems like it will continue                           (6) _________________ our phones to do more things.

The study said 41 per cent of people (7) _________________ phones. Many said they needed an extra phone                         (8) _________________ of them broke, suddenly ran out of batteries, (9) _________________. Women are more worried about (10) _________________ than men. Young people are the most nomophobic, with 77 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds suffering (11) _________________. Those aged 55 and over are the third most nomophobic group. Brendon Tully, 23, said: "For me, life would (12) _________________ impossible without my phone."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A recent study in the U.K. shows that (1) ____ of people cannot live without their mobile phone. They suffer from a new illness called nomophobia – the fear (2) ____ not having your mobile phone. Nomophobia is short for "no-mobile-phone-phobia". The problem is (3) ____ worse. The first study in 2008 (4) ____ that 53 per cent of cell phone users in Britain feared being phoneless. That figure has (5) ____ to 66 per cent this year and seems like it will continue to rise (6) ____ we use our phones to do more things.

The study said 41 per cent of people have two or (7) ____ phones. Many said they needed an extra phone just (8) ____ case one of them broke, suddenly ran out of batteries, or they lost one. Women are more worried about (9) ____ their phones than men. Young people are the most nomophobic, with 77 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds suffering from the      (10) ____. Those aged 55 and (11) ____ are the third most nomophobic group. Brendon Tully, 23, said: "For me, life would be (12) ____ much impossible without my phone."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

two-thirds

(b)

two-third

(c)

two threes

2.

(a)

as

(b)

of

(c)

on

3.

(a)

gets

(b)

getting

(c)

got

4.

(a)

find

(b)

finding

(c)

found

5.

(a)

risen

(b)

rises

(c)

rose

6.

(a)

at

(b)

as

(c)

by

7.

(a)

most

(b)

many

(c)

more

8.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

if

9.

(a)

lost

(b)

losing

(c)

loss

10.

(a)

ill

(b)

ills

(c)

illness

11.

(a)

over

(b)

past

(c)

around

12

(a)

cute

(b)

lovely

(c)

pretty


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

That fruige has risen to 66%

6.

it will notinceu to rise

 

Paragraph 2

7.

they needed an aerxt phone

8.

just in case one of them krboe

9.

ran out of teisearbt

10.

Women are more dioerwr

11.

the third most nomophobic ropgu

12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

extra phone just in case one of them broke, suddenly ran out of batteries, or they lost

(    )

without their mobile phone. They suffer from a new illness called nomophobia – the fear

(    )

users in Britain feared being phoneless. That figure has risen to 66 per cent this year and seems

(    )

one. Women are more worried about losing their phones than men. Young people are the most

1  )

A recent study in the U.K. shows that two-thirds of people cannot live

(    )

The study said 41 per cent of people have two or more phones. Many said they needed an

(    )

me, life would be pretty much impossible without my phone."

(    )

like it will continue to rise as we use our phones to do more things.

(    )

nomophobic, with 77 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds suffering from the illness. Those aged

(    )

phobia". The problem is getting worse. The first study in 2008 found that 53 per cent of cell phone

(    )

55 and over are the third most nomophobic group. Brendon Tully, 23, said: "For

(    )

of not having your mobile phone. Nomophobia is short for "no-mobile-phone-


PUT THE WORDS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

cannot     People     phone     mobile     their     without     live.    

2.

illness     suffer     called     from     nomophobia     a     new     They.    

3.

having     The     your     fear     mobile     of     phone     not.    

4.

per     cent     this     year     That     figure     has     risen     to     66.    

5.

phones     to     We     do     use     more     our     things.    

6.

people     have     two     %     or     more     phones     41     of.    

7.

of     one     case     in     Just     broke     them.    

8.

Suddenly     batteries     of     out     ran.    

9.

phones     worried     about     Women     losing     are     their     more.    

10.

Life   pretty    without   be   impossible    phone    would    much     my.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about nomophobia for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. NOMOPHOBIA: Search the Internet and find more information about nomophobia. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about nomophobia. Include an imaginary interview with a nomophobia expert. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a nomophobia sufferer. Ask him/her three questions about his/her problem. Give him/her three pieces of advice on how to get over nomophobia. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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